A 35-year-old man was arrested Monday after running from police and hiding in a helicopter at John Wayne Airport.
Newport Beach police were called around 3:40 p.m. about a man needing medical attention in the 19700 block of Campus Drive, which is just outside of the airport, said sheriff’s Lt. John Roche.
When officers arrived, the man, James Carroll, got up and jumped over a fence and onto the runway, Roche said.
Officers chased after him. Carroll was found minutes later in an unlocked private helicopter.
He was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on airport property. No flights were disrupted during the search.
Carroll did not tell authorities why he ran in the first place, Roche said.